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The American Musical is a unique fusion between drama and music which has become especially important during the past 50 years. Peter H. Riddle provides us with a detailed exploration of the evolution and development of this form of music theatre in North America. THE AMERICAN MUSICAL: HISTORY & DEVELOPMENT traces the origins of music theatre from its 18th century European roots to the present. Highlights include exploration of the minstrel show, burlesque, and the revue and a look at the greats, including Rogers and Hammerstein II, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Cole Porter, and the Gershwin Brothers. Includes full glossary, bibliography and index.